Aug 6, 2011 1:40am
Re: TDIH 1974 – Best First Set Ever?
Indeed, Clementine this is a monster first set. It's a pity that DP #31 chops up the show, but then 8/6/74 is a 4 CD show so I can understand the marketing concern, sort of.
Once you have the boot of all 4 CD's you can truly appreciate what a great show this is. This was their last show before heading over to Europe (which was a lackluster tour IMHO except for 9/10 and 9/18 which are quite strong) and so the Dead are really giving the Jersey fans all they've got.
This Playin>Scarlet>Playin mini sandwich is the only pairing of these 2 tunes in sandwich format I believe - I don't have my book handy. My two other favorites of this type are the earlier
Playin>UJB>Playin from 6/30/74, and the once only
Playin>Samson>Playin on 3/19/77 at Winterland.
But this 37 minute sandwich on 8/6 is undoubtedly one of the highlights of the year - up there with 6/18 and 6/26
I can also appreciate bkidwell's point about the nature of the post 1972 jams. Too often a great Dark Star or Playin jam in 1972 would degenerate into noise and feedback.
Which is fine if I'm in the mood for it, but other times I have to skip.
Jams in 73 and 74 tend to stay tonal and musical, with themes and development of riffs between Jerry, Phil and Keith - and rarely just turn into experimental noise.
Set Two of 8/6/74 is good, but the jam sequence of
He's Gone>Truckin>Spanish Jam>Other One lacks some of the
magic that this Playin sandwich in Set One has. Still, this
show is one of my top ten for 1974. While the Set Two jams may get only a B+, the quality of playing throughout the show is sooooo good, with the Wall sound to boot, that this show remains a favorite of mine.
As an added bonus (Bobby mentions this at the first of the show) .............. this show has special meaning for the Doctor and others my age - I was in college at the time.
This was the day Nixon announced he was resigning. If you're
too young to remember Watergate, well, you had to be there.
The inclusion of 8/4 and 8/5 in DP #31 was a nice thought,
but the whole 4 CD 8/6 would have been a better idea.
Dr. Flashback :-)